Supreme Court won't block 1st US 1-drug execution

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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2009 at 11:39 AM

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of an Ohio condemned killer who would become the first person in the U.S. to die by lethal injection with a single drug rather than a three-drug method.

In a brief statement Tuesday, the court said it was denying Kenneth Biros' request for a stay of execution.

Biros had argued the state's new method would be painful. The state's switch to one drug was meant to end a lawsuit that claims the three-drug system could cause severe pain, and experts have agreed that the single anesthetic will not cause pain.

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